Lador defends Olmert indictment, refuses to resign

July 10, 2012 18:54

State Attorney Moshe Lador defended the decision to indict former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday and refused to heed calls that he resign after Olmert was acquitted on the central corruption charges against him in the Rishon Tours affair, the Talansky affairs and allegations regarding misleading the State Comptroller. He was found guilty only of the minor crime of breach of trust in the Investment Center affair.

Olmert confidants and MKs from the Kadima faction which he formerly headed had attacked Lador and the State Attorney's Office, accusing him of making a standing Israeli prime minister resign on charges that ended up being baseless.

Lador said that he had to serve the indictments given the facts of the case. He pointed out that Olmert was convicted of breach of trust, "a very serious crime."

The State Attorney rejected the charges that he should not have indicted Olmert because the move lead to the fall of an Israeli government and Olmert's resignation. He said their was "no basis" to the claims that State's Attorney Office caused the ouster of Olmert.

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